This week, we found out that Channel 4 will be taking the GBBO reigns from now on. I’m really, really upset about it. So is everybody else. To be honest I don’t even want to acknowledge it but it would seem silly to publish a bake off related post the day after the news was announced and not mention it at all. Personally, I’m tempted to just not watch it to make a point. My love for the show may stop me from doing that.. but what if commercial interference turns it into something completely different? This really feels very dramatic. 2016 has been a rough year for bad news.
I’ve been wanting to do a plait thingie with bread ever since I first watched bake off and saw Paul Hollywood slam bits of dough about. Everyone makes it look easy, and I’m happy to report that it is in fact easy. Which I think is a first for me.
I decided to go for a recipe that already existed because playing around too much where bread is concerned is a bad idea, I say this from experience after experience after experience. After a quick scroll through Pinterest, I settled on The Little Epicurean’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Swirl Bread.
My problem, as it always always is when I make bread, was rising. I can never ever get my bread to rise properly, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’m sure I knead enough, I’m sure I do the warm watery yeasty mixy bit at the beginning properly, but I’m always punished when I check the dough after an hour and it’s supposed to have “doubled in size” but hasn’t grown even a little. No luck on the second prove either.
I left it as long as I possibly could to get it to do something, but eventually had to give up and get them in the oven or I was going to be late for work.
As you can see from the above picture, the round loaf was quite savagely underbaked (presumably due to my rising issue). I literally had about 15 minutes to get to work at the point of taking these pictures so I grabbed the slightly better baked loaf shaped loaf, wrapped it in baking paper and dropped it, still hot from the oven, over to a friend before heading to the office. He seemed to like it so I think I got away with it.
How do you reckon I did this week? And how distraught are you that Channel 4 have stolen GBBO? Hit me up in the comments.